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Glover sets sights high at EPL's Spurs

  • Glover sets sights high at EPL's Spurs

    Tottenham Hotspur player Thomas Glover (C) kicks an AFL football at an event where players from Hawthorn football club, a professional Australian rules football club, shared AFL skills with Tottenham Hotspur players in Melbourne on July 27, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground might not mean much to most touring players at the International Champions Cup.

But to Tottenham youth goalkeeper Thomas Glover, it would fulfil a life-long ambition.

The Sydney-born gloveman is the only Australian in the three touring sides for this year's series of friendlies.

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At just 18, he's yet to hit the radar of most local football fans.

That could change if Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino throws him the gloves on Friday night against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

"It would be a dream come true if I did," he said.

"I've got to be ready to play and whatever happens, happens."

Glover has come on in leaps and bounds since trialing for the club three years ago.

He's now one of four goalkeepers at the club in first-team training, with France No.1 Hugo Lloris, Netherlands veteran Michel Vorm and 21-year-old talent Luke McGee.

If McGee is sent on loan this season, Glover could find himself on the cusp of the Spurs first-team.

It's a tantalising prospect but not one Glover is focussed on.

He says he's happy training under goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez, working every day with two international custodians.

"I started off playing for Sutherland Sharks in Under 11s all the way to Under 15s," he said.

"I got the opportunity to trial at Spurs and grabbed it with both hands.

"Now there's four of us working with the first-team - Hugo, Michel, Luke and myself.

"Working with the best is going to make me a better goalkeeper."

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